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Duncan to Florida: Tutoring Doesn't Work Politics K12: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today he doesn't understand why Florida passed a law requiring districts to continue offering free tutoring to students in struggling schools.
NCLB waiver bid stalled by Ed Dept. concerns Washington Post: The city’s poor record of handling and accounting for federal grants, and its difficulties staying in compliance with special education laws. Both were inherited by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education when it was formed in 2007, but they remain obstacles.
Chancellor Proposes Plan to Remove Unassigned and Unsatisfactory Teachers NYT: Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott proposed on Thursday to offer buyouts to teachers in the "absent teacher reserve pool'' and to get rid of those teachers who receive unsatisfactory ratings two years in a row. ALSO City Moving To Strengthen Teacher Pool WSJ
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New Coalition to Challenge Bloomberg’s Education Policies NYT: A coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups is planning an ambitious effort to support mayoral candidates who pledge to reverse some of the Bloomberg administration's more-contentious public education policies.
Son Fulfills Dream Racism Denied To His Mother NPR: Friday, Terry Walls is graduating from the same university that rejected his mother because of the color of her skin. Mary Jean Price Walls hadn't spoken about her application to Missouri State University in six decades, until her son uncovered letters in university archives.
A Year Later, Joplin Continues To Bounce Back NPR: A year after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, President Obama is set to go back and deliver Joplin High School's commencement speech. Host Michel Martin speaks with Joplin High Principal Kerry Sachetta for an update on how the school and the town are recovering.
Florida Journalism Program Gives Students Reason to Stay in School PBS: Davis and his classmates at John Hopkins Middle School examined how violence affects students' ability to learn. They produced a video as part of a communication magnet program -- known as Journeys in Journalism -- in the Pinellas County School District.